Archive for March, 2013

What Device do You Prefer When Surfing the Web?

March 28, 2013

This week I came across this Adobe Digital Index report, which reports that “After ana­lyz­ing more than 100 bil­lion vis­its to 1000+ web­sites world-wide, Adobe Dig­i­tal Index has dis­cov­ered that global web­sites are now get­ting more traf­fic from tablets than smart­phones, 8% and 7% of monthly page views respec­tively.”

Reading the report got me wondering – what device do you prefer to use to access the Web (and especially the Library’s website)?

Let us know in the comments.

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March Madness, Literary-Style

March 11, 2013

Did you know that every March, The Morning News hosts their very own March Madness-style tournament, the Tournament of Books?

From the about page: “The Tournament is an annual springtime event (2013 marks our ninth year) here at The Morning News, where 16 of the previous year’s best works of fiction enter a March Madness-style battle royale. At the end of the month, the winner of the Tournament is blessed with the Rooster, our prize named after David Sedaris’s brother (because why not).”

For a little Monday Fun (because why should Friday get all the glory?)…

Discovered via a blog post by one of the tournament’s colour commentators, John Warner.

From the Suggestion Box: concern about the “Quiet Area”

March 7, 2013

You said:

“Perhaps circulating the library in the quiet areas (that aren’t always so quiet) would contribute to better concentration on my behalf. As a parent, it’s futile to try and do homework in a noisy house so I come here to make the most of my time. I’m getting tired of people coming here in a pair or group to work on a project (more so discuss their personal lives). This is by far the noisiest library I’ve ever been to and it’s not just myself that says that.”

We said:

We appreciate your feedback on our Quiet Area.

Staff endeavour to monitor the area about once an hour during the day, as well as a couple of times during evenings and weekends (we are lightly staffed at these times, so the monitoring is less frequent). However, sometimes we are too busy on the service desks to leave the desk and go upstairs, so please be aware that the frequency will vary.

When we monitor the area, we are looking specifically for anyone who is talking, and they will be asked to move to another area.

If you require assistance outside of our monitoring, feel free to:
•    speak to a staff member at one of our service desks, asking them to deal with the issue
•    text us at 403.800.8945 (local call; standard rates apply), asking us to deal with the issue
•    approach the student(s) yourself and ask them to move to another area